Israel bombs Hamas security targets in Gaza 24Jun12 June 24, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  23 June 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two people were killed and 21 injured as Israeli airstrikes continued to target the Gaza Strip overnight Friday and early Saturday, medics said.

Humam Jamal Abu Qadoos, 20, was killed late Friday in the second Israeli airstrike that day, medical sources in Gaza said.

Earlier, Qassem Abdullah Ahmed, 24, was killed when Israeli warplanes bombed an area east of al-Bureij camp, signaling an end to an Egyptian-brokered truce reached Wednesday.

Israel launched air strikes early on Saturday against three Hamas security targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least 17 people, Hamas medical officials said.

Officials in Gaza said Israel attacked security targets in Gaza City and also in northern and southern parts of the crowded coastal territory.

The Israeli military confirmed its aircraft had struck two miltant targets in Gaza overnight, calling it a response to rocket fire aimed at Israel from the Hamas-ruled territory.

An Israeli man was injured in Sderot early Saturday after a rocket hit the town as he was trying to enter a concrete shelter, Israeli officials said.

Israel killed eight Palestinians over three days of heavy shelling that ended Wednesday night as Hamas’ military wing signed up to a truce mediated by Egypt.

Airstrikes on Friday, which Israel’s army said was in response to rocket fire from militants, brought the Gaza death toll to 10 people since hostilities began.

Hamas militants had conditionally pledged to adhere to a truce brokered by Egypt on Wednesday, if Israel also withheld fire. Israel never formally commented on the deal but its officials have vowed to respond to any rocket fire from Gaza.

Israel said Gaza militants had also fired more than 130 rockets at Israel since Monday, causing no casualties, but disrupting life in an area where a million Israelis live and where civilians have been urged to remain near shelters.


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